Jun 19 2016

Seven to launch Gold Coast news

rodyoungThe Seven Network has announced the launch of a nightly news bulletin for the Gold Coast market.

The 5.30pm bulletin, to be presented by Seven NewsRod Young (pictured) on weeknights and Amanda Abate on weekends, debuts on 4 July.

Young, a former ABC newsman who has presented Seven News in Brisbane with Kay McGrath for 14 years, will step aside from his current weekend newsreading duties at Seven in Brisbane to front the Gold Coast-based bulletin.

Paul Birt and Liz Cantor will present weather reports.

Seven’s Gold Coast bulletin will be broadcast from new studio facilities at Surfers Paradise.

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The Gold Coast market has a population of around 500,000. The area’s only other local TV news service is a 5.30pm bulletin offered for many years by Nine, currently presented by Bruce Paige.


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Jun 13 2016

Amanda Keller in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

amandakeller_0002Network Ten presenter Amanda Keller (pictured) is among the hundreds of Australians in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Keller, whose television career dates back to the 1980s, has been awarded a Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) “for service to the broadcast media, and to the community.” A former producer and researcher for Midday, Keller became known as a reporter for Beyond 2000 and later as a regular on Denton. Other television credits include Mondo Thingo, Housos, Swift And Shift Couriers and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. She has been a co-host of Ten’s The Living Room since 2012.

Also among this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List:

Annette Allison (OAM) — “For service to the community through a range of organisations.” Allison was a TV performer and presenter in Queensland in the 1960s and 1970s before moving to Melbourne to ATV0 (now Ten) in 1979 as newsreader and also co-host of Everyday (later Good Morning Melbourne). She continued at Ten until Good Morning Melbourne wound up in 1988. She more recently made a guest appearance in Kath And Kim in 2004.

Kate Ceberano (AM) — “For significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.” Ceberano is a former co-host of the SBS education series The Workshop and has also appeared on The X Factor, Dancing With The Stars, It Takes Two, Who Do You Think You Are?, Australian Music Awards, the TV Week Logie Awards and is a presenter on Getaway. She also hosted variety show Kate Ceberano And Friends for ABC in 1993-94.

frankiejholdenFrankie J Holden (OAM) — “For service to the arts as an entertainer, and to the community of the Sapphire Coast.” Holden has appeared on TV as a presenter on The Great Outdoors, In Melbourne Tonight and What’s Up Down Under. Acting credits include Prisoner, Special Squad, Round The Twist, Late For School, Embassy, Police Rescue, Blue Heelers, Something In The Air, Underbelly and A Place To Call Home.

Lynn Rainbow-Reid (AM) — “For significant service to the community through support for a range of cultural and charitable organisations, and to the performing arts as an actor.” As Lynn Rainbow, she was a founding cast member of the popular drama Number 96 and also starred in the feature film version of the series. Other TV credits include Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police, Against The Wind, The Young Doctors, A Country Practice and Home And Away.

Rhoda Roberts (AO) — “For distinguished service to the performing arts through a range of leadership and advocacy roles in the development, promotion and presentation of contemporary Indigenous culture.” Roberts, currently Head of Indigenous Programming at the Sydney Opera House, is a former SBS journalist and was a host of the long-running current affairs program Vox Populi.

Debbie Spillane (AM) — “For significant service to media as a sports commentator and journalist, and as a role model for women in broadcasting.”  Veteran ABC sports journalist and radio presenter Spillane is a former panellist on Live And Sweaty.

Christopher Wharton (AM) — “For significant service to the print and television media in Western Australia as a senior executive, and to the community..” Wharton is the Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media (WA) and is a former managing director of TVW7 in Perth.

Source: Governor-General Of The Commonwealth Of Australia




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Jun 11 2016

1996: May 18-24

tvweek_180596Cover: Heather Locklear (Melrose Place)

Simon’s US success
Aussie actor Simon Baker-Denny has landed a starring role in a pilot for an American series, plus a small role in an upcoming Hollywood film. Baker-Denny, whose Australian TV credits include E Street, GP, Naked and Sweat, has scored the lead role in The Last Best Place, co-starring with Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson.  His next role is in the film LA Confidential, co-starring with Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. “It’s bizarre that it’s a Fifties LA story and there are three Aussies in the film doing American accents, but I’m looking forward to it,” he told TV Week.

paulcronin_0001Isn’t that Dave Sullivan?
After an absence of several years from television, former The Sullivans star Paul Cronin (pictured) is back — starring alongside Wendy Hughes in the new Network Ten telemovie State Coroner. “It feels tremendous to be back,” he told TV Week. “You don’t realise how much you miss it.” Since The Sullivans wound up in 1983, Cronin starred in the Network Ten telemovie Matthew And Son, and appeared with American actress Linda Lavin in the US mini-series A Place To Call Home. In the meantime, he had also pursued various non-showbusiness interests including investment in the Brisbane Bears AFL team. In State Coroner he plays Sgt Ted Ames, police prosecutor in the Coroner’s Court. Although the telemovie has yet to go to air, State Coroner is already expected to spin-off into a regular series.

scottmichaelsonDoing the time warp
Former Neighbours star Scott Michaelson (pictured) has been signed up for a guest role in the Foxtel soap opera parody Shark Bay. In Neighbours he played laid-back surfie Brad Willis, but in Shark Bay he stars as a smooth-talking private investigator. “The character is named Fletcher and he’s a bit of a rip-off of Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks,” Michaelson told TV Week. “Fletcher comes to town to investigate a murder. I’m having a lot of fun.” The interior scenes for Shark Bay are being filmed at the Nunawading studios where Neighbours is also based, so for Michaelson it’s been something of a time warp in revisiting his old stomping ground. “It’s a blast from the past, but I don’t know many of the cast anymore. It’s been two-and-a-half years since I worked on Neighbours.” As well as Shark Bay, Michaelson has been working on a number of film projects. One project in development is a film called Inshallah, about an English truck driver wrongly imprisoned in Morocco after being set up in a drug deal. “I’m doing it in association with the Australian Film Commission. They’ve given me development funding and I hope to shoot it next year.”



  • Funding has been approved for a 26-part children’s series titled The Wayne Manifesto. The comedy series, to be produced by Artist Services (Steve Vizard and Andrew Knight) for ABC, is based on the Wayne series of children’s books.
  • Former E Street star Marcus Graham leads the cast of the new Nine Network series Good Guys, Bad Guys. The 13-part police drama starts filming in July.
  • The first episode of Bryan Brown‘s new series, Twisted Tales, is now completed for the Nine Network. Eleven more episodes are to follow. The series of “television dramas with a twist” features a star-studded cast including Claudia Karvan, Richard Roxburgh, Dee Smart, Kate Fischer, Kimberley Davies and Brown’s wife Rachel Ward.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 28 April 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2273000
2 ER Nine Thu 2224000
3 National Nine News Nine Sun 2164000
4 National Nine News Nine Sat 2075000
5 Our House Nine Wed 2057000
6 Movie: A Few Good Men Ten Sun 2045000
7 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1950000
8 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1947000
9 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1943000
10 National Nine News Nine M-F 1891000
11 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1864000
12 The Nanny Ten Sun 1853000
13 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1850000
14 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1830000
15 JAG Seven Mon 1792000
16 The X Files Ten Wed 1754000
17 Ellen Seven Thu 1751000
18 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1739000
19 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1733000
20 Hudson Street Ten Sun 1728000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 18-24):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (3.30pm, Ten) reports on how fighter pilots control their planes with a speaking cockpit, and how faster drug testing is possible using samples of hair. In Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), Snowy (Heath Ledger), unsure about his sexuality, goes on a disastrous date with Sandy (Melissa Thomas) — not only jeopardising his friendship with her, but when Danny (Matt Castelli) finds out his best friend is gay, he is unable to accept it.

ginagSunday: AFL Sunday includes Adelaide Crows versus St Kilda (2pm, Seven), live from Adelaide, followed by highlights of Footscray versus Essendon (5pm, Seven) from the MCG. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Emily (Sheryl Munks) and Colin (Brett Climo) want to adopt a boy whose parents died in a fire. Australian-born pop star Gina G (pictured) is representing the United Kingdom in the delayed telecast of the Eurovision Song Contest (8.30pm, SBS), taking place in Oslo, Norway. Sunday night movies are The Christmas Box (Nine) and Cliffhanger (Seven) and the debut of mini-series Danielle Steel’s Zoya (Seven). Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Christine Anu is profiled in the one-hour special Saltwater Soul (8.30pm, ABC), featuring 13 of her songs, with five recorded live.

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Phil’s (Ian Rawlings) novel appears to be crossing over into Hannah’s (Rebecca Ritters) life. In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), the body of a teenage boy is found in the boot of a car. There are similarities between this murder and that of another boy 13 years earlier. Comedy series The Glynn Nicholas Show (9.30pm, ABC) makes its debut, starring Glynn Nicholas with Alison Whyte, Merridy Eastman and Wayne Hope. The first game of the rugby league State Of Origin series between NSW and Queensland is on delayed telecast (9.30pm, Nine).

frankiejholdenTuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Irene (Lynne McGranger) leaves for America, hoping to return pregnant. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Becky (Dee Smart) a patient suffering trauma over the death of her baby son is referred to a hypnotherapist, but while under hypnosis Becky all but confesses to drowning the child. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), PJ (Martin Sacks) makes a difficult choice when he finds proof that Jack (Frankie Holden, pictured) has falsified evidence.

Wednesday: First Person (8.30pm, SBS) is a new six-part documentary series focusing on the lives of six ordinary Australians told from their own perspective.

Thursday: In Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Olivia Newton-John talks to Mikhail Gorbachev, the founder of Green Cross, about his hopes for the 21st Century and how the environment can be protected and restored; and reporter Alison Peters goes whale-watching in Argentina. In Mercury (8.30pm, ABC), there are rumours that the owner of the Mercury newspaper is to be taken over by a Western Australian businessman.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Mal (Benjie McNair) seriously rethinks his academic future. Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) features delayed coverage of North Melbourne versus Footscray at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 18 May 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.


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Jun 11 2016

1996: May 11-17

tvweek_110596Neighbours’ whirlwind wedding!
Neighbours star Emma Harrison is set to walk down the aisle as her character, Joanna Hartman, weds Rob Evans (Graham Harvey) after a speedy romance. The wedding comes as a shock to Ramsay Street residents as Joanna is almost half Rob’s age. “It all happens very quickly, but Joanna is really drawn to Rob’s energy and she thinks he’s gorgeous,” Harrison told TV Week. “She really does fall head over heels.” Like any soapie wedding, not everything will go to plan “Joanna thought she’s get her bridesmaid, Danni (Eliza Szonert, pictured with Harrison), to design her wedding dress because she knew Danni was a young, up-and-coming designer,” Harrison said. “When Joanna saw the dress, she freaked out because it was quite risque and a bit revealing. Not at all what she wanted.” The wedding episode is due to go to air in June.

rebekahelmaloglou_0002Rebekah’s harrowing comeback
Former Home And Away star Rebekah Elmaloglou has just filmed a guest stint in Nine‘s Pacific Drive — an experience that left her emotionally drained. In episodes to screen later this year, Elmaloglou plays Liza Garland, the daughter of a prominent politician, Bill Garland (played by Chris Haywood). It is revealed that Bill has been sexually assaulting his 18-year-old daughter for the past 10 years. “It was pretty heavy stuff, but I’m glad I had he chance to do it,” Elmaloglou told TV Week. “I thought, ‘God, when I was 18 I would have punched him out’. But I spoke to a few people about incest and I realised that she has no fight left in her. Bill’s a powerful man and Liza has just gotten to the stage where she just gives in and then blanks it out.” Elmaloglou was full of praise for co-star Haywood, but admits filming the intimate scenes was “freaky”. “Chris and I only met on the day that the scenes were being shot and it worked well that way. Because I hadn’t really met him before I was really uncomfortable with him, and I think that worked well in the scenes.”

victorialongley_0001The Great Pretender
Mercury star Victoria Longley (pictured) went to extreme lengths to research her role as state political reporter Georgi Singer, by posing as a reporter at a press conference held by Victorian premier Jeff Kennett. “I stood with the rest of the journalists and took notes,” she told TV Week. “Once, I was only about five feet away from Mr Kennett. I was terrified he was going to ask who I was! I was taking notes, but looking at the other reporters and writing at different times to them. A few times Mr Kennett caught my eye when the others were writing and I wasn’t. Then I’d quickly pretend to write something!”

tammymacintosh_0003Tammy’s shock paedophile drama
Former Police Rescue star Tammy MacIntosh (pictured) joins Sigrid Thornton and Temuera Morrison in the upcoming Network Ten telemovie Whipping Boy, which takes a look inside a fictional, yet still frightening, paedophile ring. “I think it might frighten a few people,” MacIntosh told TV Week. “For the general public it will give them a very good awareness of what can, and does, go on.” MacIntosh also appears this week in the Nine Network telemovie, McLeod’s Daughters, which if successful may go into a series. “They’re really keen on making more McLeod’s. Especially if the scripts are as good as this one.”


  • The champagne was flowing at a special lunch thrown by Nine chief David Leckie for TV legend Graham Kennedy. The lavish lunch has become an annual event at Nine, flying Kennedy in via helicopter from his rural NSW property. Nine is also very keen to keep Kennedy happy as he has agreed to host Nine’s 40 years of television special later in the year.
  • Travel series Getaway returns to Nine later this month, taking over the 7.30pm Thursday timeslot currently held by Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John. The changeover still leaves 13 episodes of Newton-John’s show unaired, and production of a third series has been canned.
  • A Current Affair reporter Mike Munro has been in Chicago filming a report from the exterior set of hit series ER, interviewing series stars George Clooney and Anthony Edwards. It is the first time an international crew has been allowed on the Chicago set.
  • tessholdernessJoining the reporting line-up of Seven‘s Talk To The Animals is Tess Holderness (pictured), a former model who has worked in Europe. She was working as a camera assistant for a video production company in Australia when she was asked to fill in when a model failed to turn up one day. She was soon spotted by a Parisian modelling agency and spent the next two years travelling between Europe and Australia. She later decided modelling wasn’t her ideal job and began studying journalism, leading to writing an article on Talk To The Animals. When she realised that the show was looking for two new reporters, she offered herself for a role and after an audition was successful.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 21 April 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 A Current Affair: Kokoda Challenge Nine Thu 2496000
2 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2275000
3 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 2271000
4 ER Nine Thu 2096000
5 National Nine News Nine Sat 2018000
6 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1995000
7 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1992000
8 Ellen Seven Thu 1885000
9 TV Week Logie Awards Nine Sun 1873000
10 The Nanny Ten Sun 1867000
11 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1858000
12 Our House Nine Wed 1847000
13 JAG Seven Mon 1834000
14 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1786000
15 National Nine News Nine Sun 1778000
16 National Nine News Nine M-F 1735000
17 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1730000
18 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1715000
19 Hudson Street Ten Sun 1672000
20 A Current Affair Nine M-W,F 1669000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 11-17):
Saturday: In Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), Tom (Martin Henderson) and Jenny (Frederique Fouche) team up for an orienteering exercise, but disaster strikes when the two compete rather than co-operate. Saturday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Brisbane Bears versus Hawthorn, live from Brisbane.

Sunday: AFL Sunday features West Coast Eagles versus North Melbourne (2pm, Seven), live from Perth, followed by Adelaide Crows versus Fremantle (5.30pm, Seven), live from Adelaide. Sunday night movies are Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (Seven) and Beethoven (Ten) up against the telemovie McLeod’s Daughters (Nine), starring Jack Thompson, Kym Wilson and Tammy MacIntosh.

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Frank Holloway (Colin Friels) and Rachel Goldstein (Catherine McClements) are whisked into a warehouse being used in the ongoing investigation into Kevin Holloway’s (Jeremy Callaghan) disappearance. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Iain Hewitson goes to the United States for a college regatta, and Lyn Talbot finds the internet a wonderful source for music, shopping and meeting people.

stevebisley_0001Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) and Alex (Nick Freedman) make amends. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Henry (Steve Bisley, pictured) bumps into an old acquaintance, Dennis Harper (Nicholas Eadie), but realises that Dennis is trapped in an unhealthy co-dependent relationship in which he is the victim of physical abuse.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Phil’s (Ian Rawlings) new career is generating unwanted interest. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Mandy’s (Rachael Blake) counselling gets Alex (Nick Freedman) and Shannon (Isla Fisher) back together. In Pacific Drive (11.45pm, Nine), when Adam (Mark Constable) reveals himself as Sonia’s killer, Georgina (Kate Raison) must decide whether to betray the man she loves.

Thursday: The documentary Curtains For My Cabin (9.30pm, ABC) looks at the world of female truck drivers.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Curtis (Shane Ammann) suspects Travis (Nic Testoni) of growing marijuana. Friday Night Football (7.30pm, Seven) features Brisbane versus Collingwood, live from Brisbane, followed by a delayed telecast of Carlton versus Geelong (10.15pm, Seven).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 11 May 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

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Jun 11 2016

1996: May 4-10

tvweek_040596Lisa’s caught out of uniform!
Blue HeelersLisa McCune (pictured) says the longer she plays Constable Maggie Doyle the more she realises how different she is from the character. “Maggie would think Lisa was a total twit!,” McCune told TV Week. “If they were cousins, I couldn’t see them getting along. Maggie would hate everything about me because I am on TV. She wouldn’t consider the entertainment industry a very worthwhile thing to be involved in.” After more than 100 episodes, McCune is still delighted to be in the show. “I really love it. We’ve got a great team. Blue Heelers is very much a company show. It’s not that someone’s a star — it’s a team effort, and that’s why it’s so successful.”

peterscarffleurbeaupertSummer Bay shake-up!
The cast line-up of Home And Away has taken on some considerable changes in recent times. Dieter Brummer, Daniel Amalm and Dennis Coard have all exited the series, while two new faces (pictured) have joined the cast. Peter Scarf joins the series as rich brat Liam Tanner, and Fleur Beaupert enters as Stephanie, the sister of a girl Travis (Nic Testoni) dated while in Somalia. The changes to the cast have necessitated the production of new opening titles for the series. The new opening sequence, filmed on location at Sydney’s Palm Beach, makes its debut next week.

coreypage_0001Corey’s city success
Former Heartbreak High star Corey Page (pictured) might be starring in a New York-based soap, The City, but he still sees himself as a boy from Broken Hill. “When I arrived (in New York) in May 1995, I hated it. I was so depressed,” he told TV Week. “I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing here? Have I made the right career decision?’. I just wanted to go home to Australia. I actually did go home at Christmas. I was so excited about going back to Broken Hill. But now I’m back in the swing of things. I’m enjoying it a lot more. I think my perspective on New York has changed. I’m more positive about the whole thing now.” The City, formerly called Loving, is being shown in Australia on Foxtel‘s fX channel.


  • Nine‘s The Price Is Right has celebrated its 500th episode. Since it began two years ago the show has given away $7 million in prizes and featured 3000 contestants.
  • Rowena Wallace, currently filming Shark Bay for Foxtel, is tipped to join the cast of Nine‘s Pacific Drive. The Gold Logie winner is expected to play the mother of Joel Ritchie (played by Adrian Lee).
  • The Seven Network is going ahead with a second series of action-based game show Who Dares Wins.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 14 April 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2167000
2 ER Nine Thu 2023000
3 Our House Nine Wed 1950000
4 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1918000
5 Zoo Doctor Nine Thu 1915000
6 JAG Seven Mon 1904000
7 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1832000
8 National Nine News Nine Sun 1807000
9 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1804000
10 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1796000
11 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1766000
12 National Nine News Nine M-F 1747000
13 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1718000
14 Weddings Nine Wed 1714000
15 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1667000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1656000
17 The Nanny Ten Sun 1631000
18 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1598000
19 Ellen Seven Thu 1582000
20 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1580000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 4-10):
Saturday: New lifestyle show Bright Ideas: The Home Improvement Show (12pm, Ten) promises “everything from purchasing a home to the range of home improvement options available”. Meanwhile, sports quiz show A Question Of Sport (5.30pm, Ten) comes to its final edition after six months on-air. In Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), Sandy (Melissa Thomas) is forced to come to terms with the fact that her old school friend Robyn (Mouche Phillips) cares for nobody but herself.

Sunday: AFL Today (2pm, Seven) includes Fremantle versus Brisbane, live from Perth, followed by highlights of Footscray versus Carlton from the MCG. In Talk To The Animals (6.30pm, Seven), Steve Oemcke visits the Paradise Dog Centre on the Gold Coast and Richard Fitzgerald follows a shipment of koalas that leave for Japan. Sunday night movies are The Firm (Seven), Indecent Proposal (Nine) and LA Story (repeat, Ten).  Untold Desires, a recent TV Week Logie winner for Most Outstanding Documentary, is given a repeat screening (8.30pm, SBS).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Haydn (Andrew Hill) decides to stay in Summer Bay; and Shannon (Isla Fisher) begins destroying her connections and memories of Alex (Nick Freedman). In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), there’s a grim discovery in the harbour of a number of body parts. Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten) features Ross Greenwood‘s report on a group of young people who complete a week in the bush in order to get a job. The special, 100 Years Of Australian Football (8.30pm, Seven) looks at the stories, myths, personalities and tragedies behind the game.

annetenney_0002Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke’s (Bernard Curry) post-chemotherapy becomes evident as he struggles to keep pace with Sam (Richard Grieve) and then falls asleep on the job. In Better Homes And Gardens (7.30pm, Seven), Full Frontal star Kitty Flanagan shows how to transform a window; and in The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven), Ann-Maree Biggar visits Atlanta to check out preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Henry’s (Steve Bisley) wife, Jenny (Anne Tenney, pictured), is diagnosed with cervical cancer and he is completely thrown by the thought of possibly losing her.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Jack (Daniel Amalm) departs Summer Bay to join the Navy. The AFL Centenary Game (9.30pm, Seven) between Essendon and Geelong at the MCG marks the 100th anniversary of the first official round of football and features the two teams running out on the field in uniforms styled on yesteryear.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Angel (Melissa George) has trouble coping with Dylan (Corey Glaister) and the new baby. In Mercury (8.30pm, ABC), the media is publicising the plight of two Australian battlers who have lost their life savings in a bank heist.

Friday: Interfooty (4.30pm, Seven) is a new football show for children which looks at how to become an AFL player. In the series final of Fire (8.30pm, Seven), tensions rise when the sexual harassment case is leaked to the press; while Greta (Fiona MacGregor) confronts her future as a firefighter as pressure mounts from Spit (Wayne Pygram) to change her evidence against Nugget (Danny Adcock).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 4 May 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

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May 23 2016

Ten and WIN announce affiliation deal

TenHD_0002In news that doesn’t really surprise anyone, the Ten Network has announced that it has entered into a five-year agreement with WIN to supply the regional network with programming for its markets covering Queensland, Southern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.

The deal, effective 1 July, comes as Ten’s current regional partner, Southern Cross Austereo, recently announced switching most of its network across to a Nine Network feed — leaving Ten without major regional representation and WIN without any sustainable program supply.

win_2008WIN owner Bruce Gordon also holds around 15 per cent stake in both networks Nine and Ten.

The announcement implies, though does not specifically state, that joint venture operations in markets such as regional Western Australia and Tasmania which currently relay the Ten Network will now switch across to Nine as WIN will now represent Ten in those markets.


Ten Network Holdings (ASX: TEN) (“TEN”) today announced it had signed a new regional television affiliation agreement with WIN Network (“WIN”) to broadcast TEN’s premium content and channels across regional Australia.

From 1 July 2016, WIN will bring TEN’s highly successful local and international programming, including MasterChef Australia, The Bachelor Australia, Offspring, Formula One and the KFC Big Bash League, to regional viewers in Queensland, Southern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Reaching more than six million viewers across 23 markets around the country, WIN broadcasts to more of regional Australia than any other free-to-air television network. WIN is the most prolific producer of regional news bulletins in the country, with a long-standing commitment to providing local content and a local voice for its viewers.

TEN Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “We are delighted to announce our new agreement with WIN and that our unique and fresh content will reach more Australians through the WIN regional network.

“WIN’s strength in regional Australia, particularly its unmatched commitment to local regional news, combined with TEN’s growing audience will deliver a great experience for both viewers and advertisers.

“Ongoing collaboration between us will continue to strengthen our services and we look forward to a strong partnership for years to come,” he said.

WIN owner, Bruce Gordon, said: “As the largest and one of the longest-standing shareholders in TEN, I am absolutely delighted to formally partner with TEN in WIN Network’s markets throughout regional Australia.

“I am very confident in TEN’s strategy and resulting audience growth and look forward to working with TEN’s management and Board to continue to grow both businesses.”

WIN Chief Executive, Andrew Lancaster, said: “WIN Network is excited to be bringing TEN’s program line-up to regional Australia. Our viewers will get to enjoy TEN’s fresh and innovative programming and sport in high definition and our advertisers will get the benefit of a network whose audience is heading in the right direction.”

Under the new five-year agreement, WIN will pay TEN a higher affiliation fee than that currently paid under TEN’s existing regional program supply agreements.
No other details of the new agreement will be released.

Source: Ten Network Holdings

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May 21 2016

Obituary: Oscar Whitbread

oscarwhitbread_0001Oscar Whitbread, former television producer, died earlier this week at the age of 86.

Whitbread first joined ABV2 in Melbourne in January 1957, just months after it first commenced transmission. His early years at ABV were predominantly focused on producing documentary and variety programs — in particular, the long-running magazine program Panorama, hosted by popular presenter Corinne Kerby, who was married to Whitbread from the late 1950s.

From those early days of TV, Whitbread was an advocate for increasing local production, but in a 1960 interview published in TV Times, he acknowledged that it was a challenge for Australian television. “We haven’t enough writers, and the ones who are good go overseas,” he told TV Times. “Nor does this apply to writers only. It concerns all talent. We haven’t enough money here, compared with overseas budgets.”

As local television drama progressed in the 1960s, Whitbread moved into drama production, starting with the one-off play On Approval in 1964 and the long-running serial, Bellbird. In the 1996 documentary, 40 Years Of ABC TV, Whitbread recalled orchestrating the controversial exit of Bellbird character Charlie Cousins (Robin Ramsay), who was shown falling from atop a wheat silo. “He was a lovable character… and I killed him,” he recalled. The scene triggered a massive response from viewers, with the ABC switchboard inundated with calls and TV Times receiving viewers’ letters of complaint for months afterwards. The episode became one of the defining moments of the series over its ten-year run.

Whitbread’s later credits with ABC included Marion, Power Without Glory, And The Big Men Fly, Rush, Catspaw, The Truckies, Outbreak Of Love and Lucinda Brayford.

He later worked for Crawford Productions, producing programs including The Flying Doctors, Acropolis Now and Cluedo, and produced the Seven Network‘s bold move into daytime drama, The Power The Passion, in 1989.

Oscar Whitbread is survived by his son, two daughters and partner Beth. Corinne Kerby died in 2003.


Source: ABC, AusLit, The ABV2 Page. TV Times, 16 June 1960.






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May 20 2016

Ten and Southern Cross renew for Northern NSW

southerncrosstenThe Ten Network and Southern Cross Austereo have renewed their programming partnership in the Northern New South Wales market for the next five years.

The agreement, effective 1 July, will see SCA maintain its Network Ten programming in the region despite recently forming ties with the Nine Network for other regional areas in the eastern states.

SCA had to exclude the Northern NSW market from its Nine Network deal as Nine is already represented in the region via NBN.

Under the previous deal SCA is believed to have been paying Ten around 34% of all revenue collected for access to Ten’s programming suite. The new contract incorporates an increased fee payable to Ten but an amount has not been disclosed.

The Northern NSW market covers a population of around 2.1 million viewers in an area stretching from Gosford and the Central Coast up to the Gold Coast and across to Tamworth.

In its statement issued today, Network Ten advised that further announcements are soon to come regarding regional program arrangements in other markets. Southern Cross will be switching its affiliation from Ten to Nine in regional Queensland, Victoria, Southern NSW and ACT from 1 July.

Source: Ten Network Holdings




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May 09 2016

Obituary: Reg Grundy

reggrundy_0001Reg Grundy, the radio announcer who went on to become one of Australia’s most successful television producers, has died at the age of 92.

His media career began in the 1950s as a sports commentator on Sydney radio station 2SM. This led to him developing and hosting radio game shows, the most successful being Wheel Of Fortune which began at radio station 2CH and later moved to TV with a daytime show on TCN9.

The success of Wheel Of Fortune led Grundy to form his own production company, mainly focusing on game and quiz shows. Early efforts included the children’s show Ampol Stamp Quiz and the long-running Brisbane-based I’ve Got A Secret.

It was while producing I’ve Got A Secret that Grundy met his future wife, model Joy Chambers. Chambers had auditioned for a part in the panel show and instantly caught Grundy’s attention. She scored the job and, eventually, became Mrs Reg Grundy.

Grundy continued producing game shows, most often adapting formats developed overseas, but also ventured into other genres. A counselling program, Heartline, was based in Brisbane but shown on other stations across the Seven Network in the early 1970s.

When quiz and game shows were losing favour with the networks, Grundy expanded his portfolio to include drama. His first drama project was the soapie drama Class Of ’74 for the Seven Network. The series was successful enough to go onto Class Of ’75 and led to more productions: The Young Doctors, Glenview High, Chopper Squad and The Restless Years. Entertainment programming included Bandstand ’76, Pot Of Gold, The Better Sex, The Celebrity Game and Family Feud and the co-production of the feature film ABBA The Movie.

Grundy had successfully lured Graham Kennedy back to television after his abrupt parting from the Nine Network two years earlier. Kennedy’s hosting of Blankety Blanks made that show a hit for the 0-10 Network and scored Kennedy yet another Gold Logie.

The success of Grundy’s drama series Prisoner in Australia led his break into the US market, with the series syndicated to a number of stations across the country. This was followed by Grundy scoring the contract to produce two quiz shows — Scrabble and Sale Of The Century — for American network NBC. At the time it was an unheard of achievement for an Australian production company.

The Australian version of Sale Of The Century, launched in 1980, was an immediate success which ran for over 20 years. Other game shows to follow included Wheel Of Fortune (this time based as a franchise of the US format), The New Price Is Right, Personality Squares, Perfect Match, It’s A Knockout and remakes of Blankety Blanks and Family Feud.

Success with soapies continued through the 1980s. Sons And Daughters was a hit that ran for six years and sold well overseas, and Neighbours was devised in 1984. Within two years, Neighbours had been launched and axed once by the Seven Network, then picked up by Network Ten where it became a ratings hit in Australia. But the show’s success boomed when it was picked up by the BBC in 1986, and subsequently shown across Europe and even had a brief run in the United States and Canada.

Grundy sold his production empire to British media company Pearson Television in 1995. It is now a branch of the international FremantleMedia group.

The company continues to produce Neighbours and Wentworth, the modern-day adaptation of Prisoner.

Grundy was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame in 1993 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008.

Reg Grundy is survived by his wife Joy Chambers and a daughter from his first marriage.


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May 09 2016

The 58th TV Week Logie Awards

waleedalyCongratulations to The Project‘s Waleed Aly (pictured), winner of the TV Week Gold Logie for Best Personality On Australian Television.

Aly won the award ahead of fellow nominees Scott Cam, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Lee Lin Chin and The Project colleague, last year’s Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore.

In his acceptance speech, Aly paid tribute to his fellow nominees, acknowledging that each brings something unique to the television landscape. In declaring his win as significant for diversity, he also dedicated his award to “Mustafa”, a member of the television industry who was in attendance at the Logies but who is not employed under his real name for fear that he would not have a job.

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Aly also collected the Silver Logie for Best Presenter and The Project won Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program.

Erik Thomson, from Seven‘s 800 Words, won the Silver Logie for Best Actor, while Love Child‘s Jessica Marais won Silver for Best Actress.

Home And Away again won the Logie for Best Drama Program, while Adam Dovile from Better Homes And Gardens won Best New Talent.

It was another win for The Living Room as Best Lifestyle Program, and The Footy Show (NRL) for Best Sports Program.

While Cam and Denyer were not to collect the Gold Logie, their respective programs — The Block and Family Feud — won Best Reality Program and Best Entertainment Program.

TV newcomer Gogglebox won Best Factual Program.

Aly’s Gold Logie win followed another significant milestone in Logies history. Noni Hazlehurst became only the second female, and the first since 2001, to be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. From a career dating back to the 1970s and programs including The Ernie Sigley Show and The Box through to Play School, The Sullivans, Nancy Wake, Better Homes And Gardens, City Homicide and A Place To Call Home, Hazlehurst has been a steadfast advocate for children’s television. She is also a former host of the TV Week Logie Awards.

Alex Dimitriades won the industry-voted Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his work in the SBS series The Principal. Deborah Mailman won Most Outstanding Actress for Redfern Now, while the ABC series Glitch won Most Outstanding Drama Series.

ABC also fared well in other industry-voted categories. Shaun Micallef‘s Mad As Hell won the Logie for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and Gruen won Most Outstanding Entertainment Program. The Killing Season was awarded Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report, while ABC3 series Ready For This won Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Ratings for the TV Week Logie Awards telecast were a small improvement on last year, with 1,119,000 viewers across the 5 major capital cities, averaged over the lengthy telecast. Though this figure may be revised when the later than scheduled finish time is taken into account. The Logies’ Red Carpet Arrivals scored 1,060,000.

The Nine Network won the night’s ratings with a share of 37.1%, ahead of Seven (24.9%), Ten (17.3%), ABC (15.4%) and SBS (5.3%). Nine’s primary channel which carried the Logies telecast rated 28.6%, more than 10 points ahead of Seven (17.6%), Ten (13.0%), ABC (11.7%) and SBS (3.3%).

Gold Logie — Best Personality on Australian Television:
Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Presenter: Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Actor: Erik Thomson, 800 Words

Best Actress: Jess Marais, Love Child

Best New Talent: Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens

Best Lifestyle Program: The Living Room

Best Sports Program: The NRL Footy Show

Best Entertainment Program: Family Feud

Best Reality Program: The Block

Best Drama Program: Home And Away

Best Factual Program: Gogglebox

Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program:  The Project

Most Outstanding Actor: Alex Dimitriades, The Principal

Most Outstanding Actress: Deborah Mailman, Redfern Now

Most Outstanding Drama Series: Glitch

Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: The Secret River

Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tim Minchin

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Celia Ireland, Wentworth

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Ready For This

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program: Gruen

Most Outstanding News Coverage: Parramatta Shooting

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: The Killing Season

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: KFC T20 Big Bash League

Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Noni Hazlehurst

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor: Joel Jackson, Peter Allen: Not The  Boy Next Door

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress: Melina Vidler, 800 Words

The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award: Ky Baldwin, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door

Source: TV Week

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